The Houston Dynamo have acquired DC United defender Bobby Boswell who two seasons ago was the MLS defender of the year, Best 11 and an All Star.
Last year was not Boswell’s best at DC who for a time lost his starting job. Yet Dominic Kinnear and the Dynamo set-up helped take Nate Jacqua and Joseoph Ngwenya to their best ever MLS seasons.
Boswell was a guest on my radio show last night (podcast available at 790 The Sports Animal.com) and is genuinely excited about coming to the Dynamo. His acquisition comes at a price with Zach Wells as good a back-up as any off to DC to become the starter as it is rumored that DC goalkeeper Troy Perkins is heading to Norway. Frankly, this is a great move for Wells who needs full-time soccer.
Boswell will create competition for the center-back position and it is clear that this was the area the Dynamo needed to shore up after the loss of Ryan Cochrane in the expansion draft. Dominic Kinnear knows the Dynamo still have a squad that can win another cup so Wells may have been a future Dynamo goalkeeper but the look in this case was for the short term. Now the Dynamo will have to find a capable back-up within the league or during the college draft.
The big question now remains with Joseoph Ngwenya and his future with the Dynamo who are prepared to offer him more significant money after his best MLS season ever culminated with a goal in the MLS Cup final. He started slow as a Dynamo and was criticized yet in the end became a fan favorite after coming over for Alejandro Moreno. If the Dynamo don’t resign him they will have to find another forward with his qualities. One that is a threat behind defenses with speed and one who can beat people off the dribble. Something tells me that Paul Dalglish is done. He is a long-shot to be back at over 100,000 dollars. He had alot to prove last year when he first came in and made a difference helping the team to the title. He sense of urgency and desire seemed lost despite the injury to his ankle this year.
The Dynamo need to get things done contract wise with Brian Mullan, Nate Jacqua and Pat Onstad. This is tricky business trying to keep everything under the salary cap and at the same time reward players. Some players that contributed to the title will not have their option year picked up and will have to be convinced to re-sign for less money. It is harsh but it is the way the MLS works. It is the way the game has played under the MLS rules.
It is time the league stopped enabling the teams that are not successful with measures to support their poor seasons.
Back to Zach Wells. His Concacaf performances stick out in my mind. What are your best memories of Zach Wells?